Protecting intellectual property

Jensen Harris, on the MS Office 12 weblog, talks about the “why” of the new Office UI, and in a section harking back to Xerox PARC inventing the graphical interface, includes this great line:

[T]oday many technology historians point out that Xerox did not do very much to protect the intellectual property they created.

I wonder if we’d have a world run by GUIs now if Xerox had “protected” their “intellectual property”.

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